Courses and research

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

During your Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (GEO), you will collect a total of 120 EC within two years. In addition to the three mandatory courses of the Master’s, you will take four specialisation courses and elective courses. You can also do an optional internship and complete your studies by writing your master’s thesis.

European Credit Transfer System

Student workload at Dutch universities is expressed in EC, also named ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System), widely used throughout the European Union. In the Netherlands, each credit represents 28 hours of work. The recognition of credits is at the discretion of your Master's.





Compulsory courses

Mandatory courses for all students of the Master’s.

25 EC

Specialisation courses

Mandatory courses for all students of the specialisation in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction.

28 EC

Elective course

You can choose a course that matches your interests and career ambitions.

7 EC

Some examples of elective courses you can take are:




Individual study programme 

15 EC

In the second year, you can personalise your individual study programme by doing an internship or taking elective courses.

MSc research proposal and MSc research

45 EC

You will complete your Master’s in GEO by writing a master’s thesis. Your research theme is defined by the research group that is part of the respective specialisation. In Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction, you will conduct your research within ITC’s research group 4D-Earth.

Total EC

120 EC


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In the second year of your Master’s in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your studies by doing an internship at the Netherlands Red Cross, (inter)national governmental organisation, research institute, or non-governmental organisation in the Netherlands and abroad. ITC has a broad network of organisations where you can do your internship project. 

Examples of internships that students have done are:

Discover the exciting internship options at ITC!

Join us on a journey as we follow two Master students, Carolina Pereira Marghidan and John Ifejube, during their internships at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente. Get ready to witness the impactful work they're doing in their respective placements and gain a glimpse into the future that awaits you as a prospective student. Watch the video!

Master's thesis

You will complete your Master’s by writing your Master’s thesis. Your research will be part of the 4D-Earth research theme at ITC, and you will write your thesis under the supervision of one of the professors in that research group. You can, for example, focus on developing an approach to estimate lava eruption rates and other volcanic processes using a time series of satellite image data. Another key area in which you can focus your MSc research is quantifying risk before a disaster occurs by analysing trends of previous disaster losses and designing a risk reduction intervention that policymakers can implement, such as constructing flood defences or planting trees to stabilise slopes.

Your master’s thesis could involve investigating questions such as:
  • How to forecast rainfall-induced landslides in near real-time using satellite-derived early warning system?
  • In what ways can integrated hazard, exposure, and vulnerability data be utilised for an early action and risk reduction in typhoon affected areas?
  • How to apply a machine learning-based approach to rapidly assess building damage in the aftermath of an earthquake?